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Achaval-Ferrar Component Tasting: 2012 Quimera

Have you ever experienced a Achaval Ferrar Quimera component tasting? Earlier this year I was invited to experience a Achaval Ferrar Quimera  component tasting of the grape varieties that go into 2012… More »

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Tasting Notes Week of November 28, 2014

A great holiday week of tasting with some excellent holiday wines! Everything kicked off with Bodega Septima Malbec 2012 from the Uco Valley. I was tasting it in a NYC… More »

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Fall Releases from Hourglass in the Napa Valley

  A really fun “live” tasting last night, where journalists on both coasts tasted the fall release from Hourglass during the same one hour period. The wines tasted were extremely… More »

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Meeting Ernesto Catena & Matias Ciciani of Bodegas Don Miguel Gascon

  “You look exactly like your picture!” I say to Ernesto Catena, President of  Bodegas Escorihuerla Gascon in Mendoza. I am sitting in a very elegant, yet very busy restaurant,… More »

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Wine Tasting Notes Week of October 13, 2014

  Malbec is one of the hottest varieties around the world right now, yet there is “Malbec” and there is “Malbec.” The difference is not just the country (think Cahors,… More »

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Dinner with Cristobal Undurraga of Chile’s Vina Koyle

  So “wow” is all I can say after dining with Cristobal Undurraga of Chile’s Vina Koyle in the Colchagua DO Valley. Very few wineries can offer the pedigree of its… More »

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Tasting the Wines of Rodney Strong Estate on the 25th Anniversary #RSV25

At the recent wine blogger’s conference in Santa Barbara I was able to hook up with the Rodney Strong Brothers folks, who are celebrating their 25th Anniversary. The story of… More »

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Tasting Paso Robles AVA #WBC14

Very interesting panel with the stars of the California wine industry  – Steve Lohr, Justin Smith of Saxum Vineyards, Chris Cherry, of Willa Creek, Mike Sinor of Ancient Peaks Winery,… More »

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Visiting Louis Lucas in his Vineyard During #WBC14

“Climate. Soil. Care.” These are the three words Louis Lucas kept repeating in the course of our visit together. Though he is remarkably famous here on the West Coast having… More »

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Cahors Malbec: Is New World a Threat?

    The key question raised during the recent Cahors Malbec Days (CMD) celebration in Cahors, France is this: Should the Cahors producer’s trade on the Malbec name in order… More »

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Cahors Malbec Day 3

So today we visited vineyards in the coteaux – hills – where soil experts Claude and Lydia Bourguignon were busily exposing roots and explaining the vastly different terroirs that could… More »

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Cahors Malbec Days: Day 2

Perhaps one of the most important things to understand about Cahors is that terroir is divided by vineyards in the “plateau” and the “coteau,” meaning the valley floor and the… More »

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